Friday, August 31, 2012
- Stephen Jenkinson
Thursday, August 30, 2012
As Wind carries our prayers for Earth and All Life, may respect and love light our way.
May our hearts be filled with compassion for others and for ourselves.
May peace increase on Earth. May it begin with me.
-- Tibetan 'Lung ta', meaning 'Wind Horse'
Friday, August 24, 2012
~ Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche:
On Abstract Art and Natural Creativity
Sunday, August 19, 2012
- Adam Thubten, The Magic of Awareness
Thursday, August 16, 2012
-Chogyam Trungpa, excerpted from The Myth of Freedom
Saturday, August 11, 2012
- Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche: Cutting Thro Spiritual Materialism
Saturday, August 4, 2012
- Pema Chodren, from a dialogue with Alice Walker, published in the Shambhala Sun
I think a sense of curiosity helps - not jumping to that knee-jerk conclusion & reaction when something/one rubs you the wrong way. That's experimentation.
Friday, July 27, 2012
"In Buddhist practice we are studying the precepts, and the foundations of Buddhist practice extend from there. In other words, precept practice and ethics are very fundamental. Meditation and concentration are the next big component. And then wisdom is, hopefully, the result. But it is impossible to practice these things with your life highly invested in complicated relationships, irresponsibility, ill will, dishonesty. All these things are way too disruptive to sitting practice."
~ Peter van der Sterre
I think many people are in denial, filling their lives with all kinds of entertainment, addictions - games, TV, illegal substances, abusive behaviour, etc. - & not dealing with their issues. Guilty here...TV, blogs, internet...
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
"Fabien: Of what does your daily practice consist?
Dalai Lama: "These days, when I am in Dharamsala, I wake at 3:30 AM. Then automatically I start reciting a mantra to bless the voice. Then I recite various other mantras. Then I do some long-life practice, mainly the transmissions I received from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Trulshig Rinpoche, and Chogye Trichen Rinpoche. These are deity practices with Tara, Tsepakme, and so on. Then I chant some other mantra. Then, until about 5:15, I do guru yoga practice with Lopon Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and Je Rinpoche (Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism) and I recite sung gnag and chegnag, sutras and mantras that help remove sickness and obstacles.
"Then I have breakfast, during which I like to read. I also like to listen to the Tibetan program on Voice of America. As soon as breakfast is over, I start another guru yoga and do some meditation on bodhicitta and shunyata, then I do deity yoga with about 8 different mandala. Too many! All that lasts until 8:30 or 9:00.
"I spend the rest of the morning either working in my office or reading some philosophical texts. I have lunch at noon. For about two years now, I have vegetarian food one day, non-vegetarian the next. That way, at least six months of the year I am a vegetarian. I can not give up meat completely. I did try for two years in 1965, but then I got hepatitis B. I later found out it was quite a serious form, and I still have some liver problems as a result of this illness.
"In the afternoon I always come to this room. If it is Sunday and there are no audiences, I sometimes invite a few old people to come and describe their life in Tibet before 1959. It makes me feel happy to talk to these ex-officials, old lamas, and scholars.
"I have tea at six in the evening. As a Buddhist monk I don't take dinner. We are not supposed to eat solid food after the sun crosses the meridian. If I feel very hungry, then I eat a few biscuits, with salutations to the Buddha, thinking, "The Dalai Lama's health is more important." Ha, ha! I think the Buddha is really so kind, isn't he? He has such a broad vision, he can accept that the Dalai Lama needs to eat biscuits sometimes!
"Until 8 or so, I make some offerings to the protectors, such as Mahakala and Palden Lhamo. Then I sleep from 8:30 to 3:30, in one fell swoop.
Fabien: The bodhisattva vow is so beautiful. It is so powerful that just the thought of giving it up could make Chenresig explode into many compassionate forms. How incredible. Do you have to keep refueling this motivation?
Dalai Lama: Definitely. Every day. That is the bodhicitta practice. I usually spend several minutes reflecting on Shantideva's verses and trying to shape my mind. These days I think my mind has become very stupid. Previously, when I would reflect on certain verses that refer to the compassionate mind and try to mould my motivation with altruism, I would often cry. I really felt something every morning. That feeling of compassion remained with me all day long. Months and years went by like that. Such a practice has given great meaning to my life. Sometimes I might look foolish. So what?"